Almost 30 years ago, the Communist regimes began to fall in Central and Eastern Europe. The Berlin wall alongside the fences with spurred wires fell so fast that even the highest Communist leaders were so surprised that they couldn´t respond adequately to the situation. The Central European states had to deal with many challenges related to democratization of the communist institutions, transforming the economy and society, acquiring the principles of the rule of law, starting the path to membership in Western structures and establishing contacts with new partners and allies. Along with events like the unification of Germany and the dissolution of Czechoslovakia. This was not an easy process, as Ralf Dahrendorf mentioned in the past, it takes six months to replace a political system, six years to transform an economic system, and 60 years to change a society. Fukuyama said in the 1990s that the fall of the Iron Curtain had basically ended history, because the democratic and economic liberal world order had expanded successfully and was the only possible stage of human development.
How can we look at the well-known statements of Fukuyama and Dahrendorf? Which states have successfully transformed to become a part of western structures? Which ones have failed and why? What was the impact of the fall of the communism in Europe on the rest of the world? Why haven´t the Asian communist regimes fallen, too?
Miroslav Beblavý, Member of Parliament, National Council of the Slovak Republic; Senior Research Fellow and Head of Jobs and Skills Unit, Center for European Policy Studies
Our discussion will be held on 12th November 2019, 19:00 – 21:00 in Prague House, Avenue Palmerston 16, Brussels, Belgium.
This event will be held in English without the provision of interpreting services.
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